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Follow The Leader // No. 2









Today I want to take a moment to chat about investment pieces. As someone who is always pursuing more minimalism (especially in my wardrobe), I seek to buy less and buy well. I don’t know about you, but there are things in my wardrobe that I always save on and other things that I save up for to invest in—those things that really stand the test of time.

Aside from simple tanks and tees, one item I tend to like to go cheap on is sunglasses. Not only am I afraid to lose or break a pair of nice ones, I also change my mind all the time about the style I want to wear. I currently have three pairs in rotation—aviators, surfer shades and a pair of rounded tortoise shades. I suppose one day I may invest in a pair of Ray Ban aviators because they are truly timeless and I’ve always loved that style. But it’s not really high on my priority list.

Now, spending…what is worth saving up for and spending money on? The perfect pair of jeans? For sure. A high-quality coat to get you through winter after winter? Yep. A bag you will use every single day for the next several years? Definitely.

Okay, now I want to hear from you—what do you save on? What do you spend on? Or do you always stick with the budget-friendly options?

Leader Bag Co. Backpack c/o Leader Bag Co.
BaubleBar Necklace
Madewell Tee
Target Blanket Poncho
Madewell Jeans
Target Flats


(This post is sponsored by Leader Bag Co, a company I love who makes products I’m obsessed with. All thoughts and words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Thoughts By Natalie possible!)


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    Victoria B
    February 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I really love these posts on minimalism! I just find your point of view very refreshing and informative. You look so great in these photos and your hair color looks amazing!

    As I am getting older, I am definitely finding myself buying less stuff overall, so the price of an item is of a bit less importance. There are so many things I think should be invested in vs buying cute and cheap. With my word of the year to simplify, one of my goals is to only buy 12 new items of clothing (but replacement of worn out/lost items is not included). I am not too focused on the price as I am on the quality and amount of wear I will get out of each piece. I get prescription sunglasses, so they do cost a pretty penny, but are totally worth it. I like to save money on my novelty items, like plaid shorts that I may like one summer, but never wear again. I strongly believe that quality shoes should always be purchased, since I want to take care of my feet. I am so picky with shoes and if one thing is off I won’t buy them. I have had good success with affordable and comfortable shoes at SoleSociety recently. Otherwise, I agree with where you save and spend as well! :)

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    February 16, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I’m with you, less is more! And when you buy less, you can afford the better stuff that lasts longer.

    As a New Englander, I don’t cheap out on winter boots and coats. So many people complain it’s cold. Of course it’s cold when you are wearing your chucks and cheap “stylish” coat when there’s a windchill of -20 and 95 inches of snow on the ground. You have to “suit up” for our winters.

    Other things I don’t go budget with…
    Cards- There are so many beautiful designers in the USA printing and pressing their own designs, that I love sharing their work. And as a society, we so rarely send cards anymore, that when I do, I go all out.
    Bras- Nothing like an amazing Chantelle bra that lasts for YEARS.
    Ingredients- I love to cook, and food is something we put in our body and expect us to give us vitamins, nutrients, and energy so I don’t skimp out here, but I don’t spend a fortune either. You can shop local and organic if you shop smart. With food, budgeting means don’t buy strawberries in the dead of winter when it is out of our season, and they cost $6 a pack and are shipping from halfway across the world.

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    February 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    You look so great! I love minimalism in my clothing and makeup routine. With so much craziness in life it’s nice to have something simple that I can rely on and trust.

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    Alys | A Girl Who Reads
    February 17, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Investing in a good winter coat with a timeless style is important – especially I think in places like Australia where you may only wear it twice in a winter.

    A few years I got a voucher at a department store that I hate shopping in so I decided to buy some Ray Bans and I am so glad that I did. They have lasted years and are still such a classic shape that I can wear them until they die.

    I feel like I should be buying investment shoes because I hate shoe shopping (there I said it) and would have to go less if I did but its just so much effort. I’ve found Asos does great shoes so I am getting better at buying shoes to last a while, but I definitely am not splurging.

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    February 20, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I live in Boston, which has been more like Siberia lately, so I just purchased a high-quality pair of snow boots to replace the pair I’ve been getting by with since college. Totally worth it, since I wear them every day and probably will next winter as well. I also like splurge on plaid flannel shirts, from J.Crew or Madewell. I love a soft flannel shirt with a good fit and color scheme/pattern.

    I agree that it’s really important to pay attention to what you want to spend your money on because that way you allow yourself to have what’s really important to you. I apply that concept to the rest of my life in terms of financial management. I don’t tend to splurge on hair products or even most of my clothes, but home items such as coffee tables, curtains, and rugs — those make me happy. If my apartment looks good, I feel good, and knowing how to allocate my money in my overall spending allows me to have what I want on a less-than-average salary.

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